Graduate Work Experience | Gladstone's Library



Interested in Library and Information Studies, Museum Studies, or Archive Studies?

Gladstone’s Library’s Graduate Work Experience programme can help you gain the experience you need.

The traditional route to a career in librarianship, archives, or museum studies in the UK is:

However, applicants to an MA or Traineeship often find themselves faced with a request for evidence of ‘substantial’ or ‘a year of’ work experience. Anyone looking to secure the necessary hours might consider the Gladstone’s Library Work Experience programme. The purpose of the programme is to help those at the start of their careers secure the necessary work experience required to gain formal training or qualifications in the relevant areas.

What the Graduate Work Experience programme offers you:

  • Successful applicants work with the Reading Rooms team to train in the basics of librarianship, archive work and aspects of marketing. All experience tasks take place during the normal opening hours of the collections. Utilising these skills under supervision results in good practical work experience
  • On successful completion of the course, trainees receive a certificate confirming the areas in which they have gained practical experience
  • Free board and lodging at Gladstone's Library
  • Any work undertaken by trainees outside of normal working hours are recompensed at Real Living Wage rate. Duties include the evening security round and other practical work.

The traineeship experience is only open to those looking to secure places on post-graduate qualifications in librarianship, archives or marketing, or those looking to secure a year-long graduate Traineeship in these areas. We regret that the positions cannot be offered to anyone else.

This programme has been successfully running for a number of years at Gladstone's Library. Those who have successfully completed placements have gone on to secure places at Buckingham Palace, the Bodleian Library and the University of Liverpool amongst others. Click here to read some accounts from those who have undertaken placements here at Gladstone's Library.

To view current opportunities, please click here.